Saturday, April 11, 2009

Art Of War

Artist Rick Veitch did this work, which is a cover for a DC comic called The Art Of War. This image appears on the second issue. The diner setting is apparently supposed to be Iraq and the name is now "Hussein's". Three soldiers are at the counter with the waiter replaced by a prisoner with a bag over his head. Trash litters the streets and all of the windows are broken out.

Rick's home page can be found here.


Here is a pretty humorous one which has the couple standing outside with the caption "You said they'd be open!". It was done by artist Joe Dator.

Friday, April 10, 2009


This one is titled "Waiting for Edward" and is by artist JG Freedman. Freedman says "In the original, a man (often said to be Hopper, himself) sits at the counter next to a red headed woman. I moved the clock back to the time before he arrives and added a bull terrier to keep the readhead company".

More of JG Freedman's work can be found at his homepage here.


This one is a haloween spoof with an invisible man along with Frankenstein and his bride. The windows in the background building are all filled with Jack-O-Lanterns.


Here is a nice photoshopped image of how the diner would be represented as a tropical beach hut.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I dont know where this one came from but it features the diner as it would appear in space, with astronauts at the counter.

Star Wars

This version was done by Star Wars: Episode III concept designers Erik Tiemens and Ryan Church for Lucasfilm's JAK Films, the production company set up to create the Star Wars prequels. It has a slightly futuristic setting and was evidently created around Christmas. The characters from left to right are: Yoda, Darth Maul, Stormtrooper, Darth Cader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 and C3P0 outside.

Night Sharks

This version is done by artist Ron English and is titled "Night Sharks". It has three Great White sharks inside the diner as if it were a glass aquarium. This one is available in poster form from a number of sources.

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Ron's homepage with his other work can be found here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


There are many 3D representations of Hoppers painting out there. This one is from someone who calls himself "soapboxquip". This is a very accurate recreation of the diner, right down to the napkin holders and salt / pepper shakers.


This parody is from Fanzing, and is called "Knighthawks." Fanzing was the unofficial DC Comics fan-run magazine (fanzine) published online from 1997-2003. This parody has Batman in place of the man with his back to us. The diner's name has been changed to "Dixon's".

The Fanzing archives can be found here.


This image is titled "Nighthawks Revisited" and has the characters from "The Adventures of Tintin" French childrens comic book series that gained popularity decades ago and remains a favorite to this day. Tintin himself is shown as the diner attendant in this picture.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This version has the entire main cast of the crime show on CBS called "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Las vegas is in the background as this is where the show takes place. There is a body slumped over on the counter with a bullet hole in its back.


This is one of my favorite comic strips. "Pearls Before Swine" can be found in most newspapers comic section. Strip artist Stephen Pastis created this homage to hopper for the cover of one of his treasury books titled "Nighthogs".

The cover cuts off the whole work. The diner is actually titled "Pearls" but on the cover of the book, all that is visible is the "LS". The biggest version I could find showing the full diner name is still pretty small.

Monday, April 6, 2009


This one is from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. It has Homer eating a plate of donuts with Chief Wiggum and Mrs Krabapple as the other people. This one is available as a poster from many places as well. The waiter doesn't seem to be an official Simpsons character. The diner is now a donut shop called "Yummy's Donuts" and the coffee machines have been replaced with an orange drink machine and a slushee machine.

This image above is not from an episode and is only a print. The Simpsons actually did an episode where the diner made an appearance however. The episode was titled "Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment", and was the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. In it, prohibition is enacted in Springfield and Homer helps fight it by illegally supplying alcohol to the town. The notable change to the diner is that it now has booths like a more modern restaurant.

Sesame Street

I do not know who painted this one. It features the cast of the popular childrens show Sesame Street. It has Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and Kermit as the attendant. The Count peers out of a second story window outside. The name of the diner has been changed to Jim's Diner.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Todays entry is quite a famous one. It is titled "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and was painted by Gottfried Helnwein. It features James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley in place of the regular diner tenants, all of whom are famous celebrities who died much too soon. The title of the painting refers to a song by Al Dubin and Harry Warren called Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which was featured in the 1934 film Moulin Rouge. This painting is now very popular and sold as a poster in many places.